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Emerging Poets, Call for Submissions 2022

Submissions window for first full-length collections open 01 June 2022 Dedalus Press is pleased to announce a call for book-length manuscript submissions from poets who have not previously published a full-length volume of poems. BACKGROUNDIt’s been an incredibly busy two years at


Internship, Summer 2022

Dedalus Press is currently accepting applications for a SOCIAL MEDIA / PUBLISHING INTERNSHIP to run over the summer months. The position will suit those working from home and involves approx 5–7 per week, but we hope to see it develop

Thomas Kinsella by Niall Hartnett - Dedalus Press, poetry from Ireland and the world

Thomas Kinsella (1928–2021)

AN ART OF BRILLIANT FRAGMENTS THOMAS KINSELLA, who died yesterday, 22 December 2021, aged 93, was among the most significant voices in contemporary Irish writing, celebrated as a translator and editor, a political commentator in a way that was almost

John Kelly photo by John Minihan - Dedalus Press, poetry from Ireland and the world

7 Questions on Poetry: John Kelly

Do you remember how or why you started writing poems? The very first poems were written in the classroom. They were set tasks. Commissions if you will. The teacher would instruct us to write a poem about an elephant, or

Mary Noonan - Dedalus Press

7 Questions on Poetry: Mary Noonan

How/when did you start to write? I’ve loved poetry for as long as I remember – Keats was a favourite when I was a teenager. I did a BA in English and French, and relished the immersion in literature in


Leeanne Quinn’s Some Lives

Circling the Subject: Leeanne Quinn’s second collection of poems, Some Lives, introduced by Aoife Lynch   Leeanne Quinn’s second collection, is a rich and generous exploration of how poetry is made and how it makes meaning. Simultaneously intimate and outward-looking,


Poetry and/for Jam

Poetry publishing is an odd business at the best of times. But yesterday’s unusual exchange with a customer was of the kind that makes the more difficult parts worthwhile. In the late morning I received a call from what looked like


The Word Ark Postcards

FOLLOWING is our series of 5 postcards, issued in June 2020 to mark the publication of The Word Ark: A Pocket Book of Animal Poems, and included free with the first 100 copies of the book purchased directly from this


Isolation PoemCards

FOLLOWING is a selection of our Isolation PoemCards, chosen from the many submitted via the comments section on the Dedalus Press Facebook page, during March and April 2020. Thanks to all the poets, and the many hundreds of others who

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, one of the contributors to Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets, on home, belonging and the writing life - Writing Home

The Arts as Anchor

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, one of the contributors to Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets, considers home, belonging and the writing life I had found an aerial shot of Dublin on Google, laid out like an intricate carpet, glowing under the rise

James J McAuley

James J McAuley, an Interview

WE WERE DELIGHTED to be directed to an interview with the distinguished Irish poet and poetry teacher James J McAuley, conducted by Phyllis Silver in 1983 for a programme once again available on Spokane Public Radio.   Jim, to his

selection of books - Dedalus Press 2020 Vision

Dedalus Press 2020 Vision

First a brief recap of the year just ended, then back to the future! Before we consider the Dedalus Press 2020 vision, let’s take a brief look back at the year just ended. 2019: What A Year That Was With

4 new poetry books 2020

First New Poetry Books of 2020

KICKING OFF A VERY STRONG YEAR of new publications, on Tuesday 4th February, 2020 at Poetry Ireland we present the launch of no fewer than five new books: Double Vision is the umbrella name for two new books by Paddy

Writing Home poets group photograph - Dedalus Press 2020 Vision

Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets

NOW AVAILABLE Following an open call which drew hundreds of submissions, this major new anthology of ‘writing from Ireland’ reflects the changing nature of Irish society, with contributors hailing from all over the world. Selected by Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi and Pat

Favourite book, A book of Luminous Things, cover image

Luminous Things – A Favourite Book

Poet Enda Wyley writes about her favourite book of poems A Book of Luminous Things, Czeslaw Milosz’s anthology of international poetry, is one of my favourite books of poems. Inspiring in content, it succeeds as a collection of short poems